China in Europe – University of Copenhagen

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ADI Conference 2018 > Panels > China in Europe

10th Annual International ADI Conference
Asian Dynamics Initiative, University of Copenhagen
18-20 June 2018    


China in Europe: Chinese investment in Europe and the impact on labor relations

Convener: Sarah Swider, Dept. of Sociology, University of Copenhagen

China is a source of direct foreign investment that has increased in the past decade, reaching over 600 billion by 2013, with an increasing share headed for Europe. After 2008, Europe became the fastest growing destination for Chinese outward investment. In 2016 alone, Chinese investments rose 77 percent and reached over 35 billion euros, a third of which goes into Germany. This increasing direct foreign investment influences industrial relations practices as Chinese companies, owners and managers learn how to navigate in new waters. Alternatively, it is likely that this influx of Chinese companies, owners and managers are also influencing and shaping local practices.

The goal of this panel is to bring together scholars have worked to identify the Chinese management model, and to gain a better understanding of business strategies and employment and labor relations in these new contexts, and how they deal with labor disputes and conflict. This could include Chinese companies that use imported or “posted” workers from China, the adoption of local practices, or hybrid approaches. Also of interest is research that examines when, and under what conditions, Chinese managers and owners adhere to local labor standards and practices, even strengthen or add new dimensions, and under what conditions, they evade or challenge them. If they bring in their own workers, does this form of labor exportation create a kind of extraterritoriality that allows multinationals to evade national and international level laws and regulations that protect workers, internationalizing the practice of posting, or have nations found a way to embed these practices? In sum, as China enters the European market how is it (re)shaping or influencing employment and labor relations?

Please submit your abstract to Marie Yoshida (
1 March 2018.

Please include in your submission:

  • Name, institutional affiliation, short bio
  • Abstract that clearly lays out the title, argument and methodology (approx 250 words)
  • Intended panel  

Conveners and organizing committee will assess the submitted abstracts and inform you of the decision soon hereafter.